If you ever want to know more about our town, take some time to dig back into the old newspapers that we have available. We have twenty-four local papers on microfilm in the Local History Department. Here are a few: “Crawfordsville Daily Journal;” “Crawfordsville Weekly Journal;” “Daily Evening Argus;” “ Locomotive;” “Saturday Mercury;” “Montgomery Journal;” “Darlington Herald;”“Saturday Evening Journal;”“Wingate News;” and the “Waynetown Banner.” “Nineteenth Century Newspapers” is available online through our website while you are at the library.
An opportunity came up this week to have a look at the December 2,1869, Crawfordsville Journal. It seems some things never change.
“Numerous complaints have reached us concerning the condition of the sidewalks on both sides of Pike Street, between Washington and Walnut Streets.”
Here is a place I would have liked to have visited!
“The ‘Pike Street Accommodation’ is the place to get good Cheese, Crackers, Pickles, Pepper Sauce, Spices of all kinds, Mustard, Halibut, Codfish, Mackerel, Whitefish, Cove Oysters, Etc.”
Apparently there had been a spate of hog stealing going on. A Mr. R. H. Jones stole eighteen hogs from Mr. Davis, and sold them to someone. He left town to buy an overcoat and other things, and was caught. He was arrested, and was made to sit in jail until accommodations could be made to send him to the Northern Prison the next spring.
At the same time, “a hog was stolen from the pen of William Hutchinson, …on Saturday night. Mr. Hutchinson ought to be thankful that the number was not eighteen.”